Forms designed for strength and technique.

In our classes, kata makes up a core part of our curriculum that all students learn from day one. Through the rankings, each belt will learn a different kata, with gradually increasing difficulty. Even with our guidance at class, it is especially helpful to practice these katas at home. Working on the technique of each form can help improve endurance, speed, and strength.

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Pinan Nidan

Rank Color: White and Yellow

Pinan Nidan is a beginner kata that is learned by white and yellow belts. This kata incorporates basic techniques and movements that will be expanded in later forms.

Stances Used:

          -  Horse Stance

Techniques Used:

          -  Hammer Fist

          -  Punch

          -  Middle Block

          -  Low Block

          -  High Block

          -  Lower Knife Hand Strike

Pinan Sandan

Rank Color: Orange

Pinan Sandan is an orange belt kata that builds on Pinan Nidan. This kata features more advanced stances and blocks such as cat stances and reinforced blocks.

Stances Used:

          -  Cat Stance

          -  Fighting Stance

          -  Horse Stance

          -  Heisoku Dachi (Feet Together Stance)

          -  Musubi Dachi (Heels Together, Feet apart 45 degrees)

          -  Back Stance

          -  Heiko Dachi (Feet shoulder with apart)

Techniques Used:

          -  Middle Block

          -  Double Block (one hand middle, one hand low)

          -  Nukite (spear hand)
          -  Hammer Fist
          -  Punch
          -  Elbow Block
          -  Back Fist
          -  Back Elbow
          -  Over Shoulder Punch

Pinan Yondan

Rank Color: Green

Pinan Yondan is an intermediate kata learned by green belts. Imitating the previous katas by moving linearly across the mat, this kata features more complex stances and blocks.

Stances Used:

          -  Cat Stance
          -  Fighting Stance
          -  Heisoku Dachi (Feet Together Stance)
          -  Kosa Dachi [Hidden Foot (cross feet)]

Techniques Used:

          -  Knife Hand Block (with other hand on forehead)
          -  Low X-block
          -  Assisted Middle Block
          -  Hammer Fist
          -  Front Kick
          -  Elbow Strike
          -  Open Hand Low Block
          -  Neck Chop
          -  Back Fist
          -  Shuto (Knife hand block)

Pinan Shodan

Rank Color: Blue

Pinan Shodan is a blue-belt kata that features a few diagonal moves while retaining a move that is performed three times in a row down the mat.

Stances Used:

          -  Cat Stance
          -  ​Heiko Dachi (Feet shoulder with apart)
          -  ​Fighting Stance
          -  
​Long Stance

Techniques Used:

          -  Middle Block (with other hand on forehead)
          -  Inner Middle Strike
          -  Hammer Fist
          -  Middle Block
          -  Front Kick
          -  Shuto (Knife hand block)
          -  Nukite (spear hand)
          -  Assisted Middle Block
          -  Low Block
          -  Upper Block
          -  Upper Block (with grab)

Pinan Godan

Rank Color: Purple

Pinan Godan demonstrates more advanced moves that feature

many complex stances and blocks. This kata has many low and

high blocks that make this harder to master.

Stances Used:

          -  Cat Stance
          -  Heisoku Dachi (Feet Together Stance)
          -  Fighting Stance
          -  Horse Stance
          -  Kosa Dachi [Hidden Foot (cross feet)]
          -  Long Stance
          -  Back Stance

Techniques Used:

          -  Middle Block
          -  Punch
          -  Assisted Middle Block                                      - Low Block
          -  Low X-Block (hands closed)                         - Elbow Strike
          -  High X-Block (hands open)                           - Back Fist (supported by left fist)
          -  Hammer Fist                                                          - Jump

          -  Low Grab                                                                 - One Hand Lower Block, Other Hand Back at 90 degrees (for Back Stance)

Shinsei

Rank Color: Purple

Shinsei is another purple-belt kata that features stepping back multiple times and grabbing opponents. This kata introduces several new moves, such as the upper cut.

Stances Used:

          -  Sanchin Stance
          -  Fighting Stance
          -  Horse Stance
          -  Cat Stance

Techniques Used:

          -  Upper Block
          -  Punch
          -  Low Block
          -  Open Hand Double Block
          -  Grab
          -  Upper Cut
          -  Back Fist
          -  Hook Punch
          -  Front Kick
          -  Open Hand Middle Block
          -  Mawashi Uke (Circular Block)

Ginn

Rank Color: Brown (3rd kyu)

Ginn is an advanced kata that displays many double blocks throughout with stances such as the cat stance and the horse stance.

Stances Used:

          -  Fighting Stance
          -  Back Stance
          -  Cat Stance
          -  Horse Stance

Techniques Used:

        -  Double Block
        -  One Hand Lower Block, Other Hand Back Shoulder Height at

           90 degrees (for Back Stance)
        -  Upper Block
        -  Punch
        -  Middle Block
        -  Arm Break (One Hand pushing down, other pushing up)
        -  Double Arm Choke Break                     - 2 Hand Lower Block
        -  Front Kick                                                       - 2 Hand Middle Block
        -  Hammer Fist                                                 - Face Punch

Ananko

Rank Color: Brown (2nd kyu)

Ananko is another advanced brown-belt kata that features more

new moves, such as the elbow strike and the calming breath

technique.

Stances Used:

          -  Fighting Stance
          -  ​Sanchin Stance
          -  ​Horse Stance
          -  
​Cat Stance

Techniques Used:

          -  ​Push Block
          -  ​Middle Block
          -  ​Punch
          -  ​Double Arm Choke Break
          -  ​Short Double Hook punch to ribs (same time)
          -  ​Elbow Strike
          -  ​Low Block
          -  ​Skip Kick                                                             - Double Chop
          -  ​Assisted Low Strike                                     - Chin Lift with hand
          -  ​Assisted Shoulder Height Block          - Front Kick
          -  ​Chop (hand facing down)                      - Two handed calming breath

Matsukaze

Rank Color: Brown (1st kyu)

Matsukaze is one of the most advanced katas before attaining

black belt, featuring a multitude of knife hand blocks and a

variety of different stances.

Stances Used:

          -  Cat Stance
          -  Fighting Stance
          -  Horse Stance
          -  Sagi-ashi-dachi (Heron-Foot Stance)
          -  Heiko Dachi (Feet shoulder with apart)
          -  Musubi Dachi (Heels Together, Feet apart 45 degrees)

Techniques Used:

          -  Shuto (Knife Hand Block)
          -  Grab
          -  Headbutt

          -  Punch
          -  High X-Block (open hand)
          -  Double Hammer (Same Time)                                      - Lower Block
          -  Hammer Block (Arm 90 Degrees)                               - Face Punch
          -  Push Block (either under or over punch)             - Front Kick
          -  Deflecting Block (Palm Facing Ceiling)                   - Leg Catch

Bassai Dai

Rank Color: Probation Black

The final kata before attaining black belt, Bassai Dai is the most

complex form, featuring many stances and techniques found

in previous katas and curriculums.

Stances Used:

          -  Kosa Dachi [Hidden Foot (cross feet)]
          -  Fighting Stance
          -  Zenkutsu-dachi (Fighting Stance)
          -  Han Zenkutsu-dachi (Shorter Fighting Stance)
          -  Horse Stance
          -  Cat Stance
          -  Heiko Dachi (Feet shoulder with apart)
          -  Heisoku Dachi (Feet Together Stance)
          -  Long Stance

Techniques Used:

          -  Assisted Back Fist
          -  Middle Block
          -  Inner Middle Block
          -  Leg Catch                                                                                                                                               - Clothesline Strike
          -  Hammer Fist                                                                                                                                        - Lower Block
          -  Punch                                                                                                                                                      - Cresent Kick into open hand
          -  Open Hand Lower Block                                                                                                              - Elbow Strike
          -  Grab                                                                                                                                                          - Assisted Lower Block
          -  Palm Strike (arm break)                                                                                                                - Double Punch Chest and Stomach Height
          -  Stomp                                                                                                                                                         (Palms face each other)
          -  Double Upper Block (Same Time)                                                                                           - Middle Block (parallel to the floor)
          -  Double Hammer to ribs (same Time)                                                                                    - Throw